Welcome to the Hughes Lab!

Diabetes research at Washington University in St. Louis

Who are we?

The Hughes lab studies islet hormone secretion and complex cell interactions. Our work combines imaging and cell biology approaches to understand how islet cells communicate via their primary cilia, and how these interactions are altered in type 1 and type 2 diabetes.  Our core techniques include: 

  • quantitative microscopy
  • molecular biology
  • genetic models
  • in vivo physiology
  • proteomics
  • gene expression profiling

Where are we?

Laboratory of Jing W. Hughes, MD PhD

815 Southwest Tower, Washington University School of Medicine

Office (314) 273-1098, Lab (314) 362-7878. Email: jing.hughes@wustl.edu


Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Lipid Research

Department of Cell Biology & Physiology

DBBS Graduate Program 

Washington University Diabetes Research Center